Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures’ Resident Hired as Cook at Local Eatery

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Owner at Fat Olives supports Back2Basics alcohol and drug recovery cause and hires on current program resident.

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[Marini] now has three weeks under his belt [at Fat Olives] and has become someone we can rely on.

Twenty-six-year Flagstaff, AZ entrepreneur and owner of local hotspot dinning Salsa Brava and Fat Olives, John Conley, hires on Back2Basics Outdoor Adventures resident Robert Marini, as a cook. This partnership has further developed the Back2Basics mentor program.

Knowing Conley’s respectable influence both in the sober community and Flagstaff in general Back2Basics founder and CEO Roy DuPrez anticipated the partnership.“Roy came to me with a list of questions about my sobriety, business and how Back2Basics could partner with my restaurants,” said Conley. “[Marini] now has three weeks under his belt [at Fat Olives] and has become someone we can rely on.”

Marini with the help of Conley, DuPrez and Back2Basics transitional coordinator, Spencer Gharrity is only the second resident in the program’s history to balance a paid position and the program.

“Right now we are focusing on self-sufficiency in all aspects of his life like hitting 12 step meetings, time management and taking care of domestic responsibilities at the house,” said Gharrity.

Due to his position at Fat Olives, Marini can’t make the outdoor adventures trips – during the day he works the program and at night he attends his work shifts.

“Many of these young men that I’ve sponsored [in sobriety] are looking for a leg up, and to build some confidence -- try on their new pair of glasses,” said Conley. “Robert was ready to get out in the real world, in an environment that’s not surrounded by sobriety.”

Back2Basics has provided the tools and life skill building necessary to become a positive, contributing citizen in society, even prior to program completion.

“There’s a point in your sobriety that you have to get back into the real world, and that process should happen gradually,” said Conley. “I think Roy’s contacts within the community, along with Back2Basics, give these young men that opportunity.”

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